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COVID Update – 19

We hope the first week back has been productive.  Our staff continue to set and respond to work.  Various virtual meetings have been taking place of groups of colleagues who are working on the grades that we will submit for each child in Year 11 and the Upper Sixth.  They are also meeting to review schemes of work and produce curriculum maps which will soon be available on our website.  Other ongoing work such as reviews of policies, timetabling and calendar planning for the 2020-21 academic year continues. We are also maintaining contact with vulnerable children and their families.

We continue to receive very positive comments as well as examples of some of the work being produced by our students which we are happy to circulate on our social media platforms provided the student and their parents give consent for this to happen.

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Inevitably, with almost 1500 students to support we can’t always get it right for all families.  We have no way of telling what circumstances you are working under or the pressures the current arrangements are imposing on you.  Of course, our staff will follow up if work is not being completed as we would in school.  By and large that would not have involved parents but now, of course, there is no way of avoiding that. Please accept any contact you receive from our teaching staff as a welfare check; they are just ensuring your child can access and is not having difficulty completing the work. This is not a check on the quality of home schooling provision! What we can say is that the well-being of our students and their families is our priority.  If we don’t get it quite right for you, please email your child’s form teacher via [email protected] and let us have a ‘conversation’.

Other points;

1.  Key worker children and vulnerable children. At the moment we have no demand for the school to be open although we have a rota in place should that become necessary.  In some cases, arrangements have been made for students to attend their local school. The over-riding government advice is to stay at home but the school is available for the children of key workers or children we consider vulnerable.  Let us know if your circumstances change.

2. Live lessons using Zoom or other platforms.  We have taken a decision not to do this for reasons of safeguarding and equity.  Not all students have access to the internet and we are well aware that.  Whilst most families have one computer, they may have one or two adults working from home and 2, 3 or 4 children also wanting computer access. Some of our staff are, however, recording lessons for you to download or view.

3. This is new resource developed by the University of Cambridge for Sixth Form and younger students which aims to develop further interest in key subject areas through a wide range of resources and explanation of what it is like to study that subject at university.

4. Laptops

You will be aware that the government are making laptops available for certain categories of students, for example, disadvantaged students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding in Year 10. Unfortunately this is not for everyone. We will be in touch with you if you are in any of these categories. However, we are aware that laptops would benefit a much wider range of young people, including those who only have one computer in the house (see point 2 above).  We are therefore extremely grateful to have received a donation from one family that has enabled us to purchase two laptops to support other families who do not qualify for the government scheme. If you do have spare laptops or would like to make a donation to this fund, please get in touch with us via [email protected] Any help in meeting this demand and making life easier for families is very much appreciated.

5.ESFA asking for bank details. We have been made aware that an organisation called the ESFA which has responsibility for funding academies like ours may have been in contact with parents asking for bank details. Please be aware that this is a scam. Do not share your bank details with this organisation.

6.Exam results dates.  These will remain as previously published – 13 August for A level and 20 August for GCSE.  IB results should also be available at the beginning of July.  We hope to be able to present your grades to you in person as usual along with your Diplome du Citoyen and related papers such as your work experience feedback.

7. Additional resources to support learning

The BBC have launched BBC Bitesize Daily.  This is a new service which will deliver a tailored day of learning across BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four and BBC Sounds, with curriculum relevant offers across the UK. Together, this comprehensive package is aimed at minimising disruption to children’s education and providing rhythm and routine in these challenging times.

The DfE have launched the Oak National Academy to support schools and parents –

8.  Read, read, read.

Remember this can be done for pleasure as well as learning.

a. You can download the library app BorrowBox on your smart device. Log on using your library card number and date of birth. Ready to look for an audio or eBook.

b. Audible has opened up its library for as long as schools are closed. You don’t need a card or to log in, simply follow:

c. If you don’t know where to start in the link below you have the top 100 books for young adults:

d. If you have an Amazon account you can also download free ebooks including literary classics like Brave New World and many others

If you would like to share book reviews with us, please let us know your name and year group, which book you have read, give a brief summary of the plot and context (no spoilers!) and why you have enjoyed it. A picture of the cover/ ISBN number will help others locate it. We will share recommendations on our communications with parents and students.

9. We are aware that some students have not accessed ShowMyHomework.  The attached guide explains how to do this.  If you continue to have problems, let us know.